Almost all tourists know about Komodo Island. It is famous for the Komodo dragon. There are other places to see. For example, there is Gili Lawa Laut, the primary gateway to Komodo National Park. The island is unoccupied and belongs to East Nusa Tenggara Island. Close to Komodo Island and Gili Lawa/Gili Laba. The most famous tourist activity is trekking. After all, most tourists come here for the beautiful scenery.
Gili Lawa Laut has similar characteristics to Gili Laba. There are some hills and beaches. The land is covered with grass. It’s Savannah! The coast offers crystal-clear water and sandy beaches. It’s pretty refreshing. With so many plateaus, it’s possible to explore all of them. Trekking is the best. One is that there are no locals. Group trips or tour guide hiring are recommended. Why is this? This island is not suitable for solo travelers.
Explore Gili Lawa Laut
As the name suggests, you can enjoy the beauty of the sea. Besides hiking, most tourists want to enjoy both sunrise and sunset views from the beach. Needless to say, there are many beautiful things in the sea. These include coral reefs and fish. For those who love diving, this island is definitely a great destination. Next is grassland. The lawn looks beautiful, especially in the summer.
In short, Gili Lawa Laut combines the beauty of the plateau and the sea. This island is well known as a diving site. There are two main pitches. The first is Crystal Rock. The name comes from the scenery. It is a combination of crystal-clear waters and rocky surroundings. There are many species of Anthea and Fusilia in the sea. Not to mention, there are lots of beautiful corals below. Sometimes both mackerel and tuna are found. This dive site is well known to both local and foreign tourists.
Another popular diving spot in Gili Lawa Laut is Castle Rock. Castle Rock is considered by many to be the best dive site on Komodo Island and one of the best not only in Indonesia but also in the world. Suitable for experienced divers only. There are plenty of chances of seeing sharks, rays, and other special macro species.
A great place to find fish. The most popular sea creatures are moray eels, batfish, sea fans and soft corals. One is that it is not suitable for beginners. Strong currents are expected. Come with a diving instructor to enjoy a great diving experience.
Depending on the tide, the top of Castle Rock is just a few meters above the surface, and the bottom is about 30 meters below. Of course, tides also affect tidal currents. Currents can be strong and generally flow east during low tide and west during high tide. The diver is advised to jump 50 meters against the current from the top of the dive site and descend as quickly as possible. There are many ways to protect yourself from currents, including safety stops. Due to the location, perimeter depth, and flow, Castle Rock’s clarity is generally excellent. Don’t be surprised if visibility exceeds 30 meters.
Ways to Get There
Gili Lawa Laut is located near Komodo Island and Gili Lawa country. It is accessible from Labuan Bajo. It’s on the east side of this checkpoint. Journey time is usually around 3–4 hours. The most common mode of transportation is speedboats. It’s a good idea to have both gear and food ready before visiting the island. Upon arrival in Gili Lawa Laut, there are no facilities.
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